Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I have spent a whole lot of time whining lately, so I want to tell this story. It's still got the whine, of course. I gotta be me.

Yesterday, while driving from my first job to my second job at 8:00 a.m., and feeling a little blurry-eyed, I saw a garbage truck. I thought, "Oh my god, I don't remember putting the garbage on the street."

And then I realized I didn't remember putting the garbage on the street for a long time now. And yet, it gets there. This is because of my darling much maligned, over-worked, under appreciated, etc. etc. husband. He does it (or gets Joseph to do it) every Friday. Or is it Monday? It's some day and I don't have to know when, because he does. Isn't that fabulous?

Thank you Bob. I love you.

(He won't read this, but oh well.)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Focus Friday

I haven't focused in a couple of Fridays, because all I am doing is dancing as fast as I can. Corporate tax returns are due Monday, which wouldn't be so bad if all of the bookkeeping that needed to be done was clean and pretty and READY. And if M2s would balance like they should. I also have to focus on payroll taxes and then sales tax due next week.

I took off a day last week from job one and caught up at job two. Then I told the wonderful people at job two I was in over my head and couldn't do a good enough job for them. They are understanding, and are finding someone else. I know there are accountants who only want to work eight hours a week. A SAHM who needs a break or a person with a part-time job who wants more work. It's a great place...

Since the break and the break-up, I am feeling so much better about everything. I am not able to sit down and think and focus, but I am not thinking that a small bought with the flu would at least give me a rest.

Have a great week!

  • This weekend, I will complete 8 (I think) corporate returns, including a year's worth of bookkeeping in two cases.

  • This week, I will complete my sister's bookkeeping and tax return.

  • I will begin to do individual tax returns again.

  • I will move as much as I can.

  • I will dance as fast as I can and give myself the credit I deserve.

Monday, March 2, 2009

No Snow

I should buy a lottery ticket. There was a 90% chance of snow and we got the 10%. Not even powdered sugar on the lawn. There is some ice in the driveway, but even I wouldn't slip on it. Although the public schools are closed and Bob's work is delayed until 10, it looks like I am going to work. I won't go in early, though. It's too cold. For me, at least.

Mark will have to make up this day during spring break. I guess we'll send him over to his cousin's house today. They can do whatever children do when they have the day off. In their case, it may be write a book or research a compost box (which I've been asking them to do.) They may, on the other hand, watch the Disney channel and look up "cheats" for their games on line.

Me, I'll be doing payroll, bookkeeping, corporate taxes while answering the phone, filing, reassuring clients who don't want to pay taxes, answering "one quick question" on the phones, tracking returns, helping other people in the office, and explaining to my boss why I am not "generating revenue."

A snow day wouldn't have helped my workload, but it sure would have helped my attitude.

Oh well. Get to work.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Things I would do if it snowed & I still had electricity

When we talk about snow in Columbia, SC, we always say, "as long as the power doesn't go out, I'll be OK." I guess most people say that, now that I think of it. In Columbia, we can be "snowed in" by two inches of snow, especially if there is ice. This means we get to stay home. It only happens about once every two or three years, so we try to enjoy it.

Since a snow storm is the only thing that will keep me from going to work on Monday (I thought about a broken leg, but I'd probably have to get a ride & go in anyway), I am planning to use that time well. This is what I'd do if it snowed and we still have electricity.

  • work on the rainbow chili recipe
  • clean my room, which means sorting papers, books, and yarn
  • clean Mark's room, which means sorting the whole families clothes --- most of which should be given away
  • knit and/or crochet
  • read
  • write
  • do things with important papers
  • make Rainbo Gumbo
  • play Risk on a real board with real people
  • make hot chocolate with real dark cocoa and a touch of chili
  • watch Chocolat again
  • use all of my facial products
  • exfoliate my feet
  • exfoliate Bob's feet (if he lets me touch them)
  • read
  • make bread
  • catch up on blogs

I wonder how much I can get done today (Sunday) and tomorrow (the theoretical snow day)? If it lasts til Tuesday, I may actually do something!